A normal year's work by a full-time student is 36 units of study. Awards are structured around this principle and student contributions and tuition fees are calculated on the basis that 36 units represents a standard full-time load. A standard load allows a student to perform well in studies, without dispersing their efforts over too many topics.

In some circumstances it may be appropriate for some students to enrol in a combination of topics that amount to more than 36 units in any year. This is called an academic overload. The maximum workload for which a student may enrol in any year is 48 units spread evenly over the two semesters. Special approval is required for any academic overload greater than 42 units. Students must pay any fees and charges associated with the additional load.

Please see the Student-related Policies and Procedures for further information on Student Enrolment Load.

An Equivalent Full-time Student Load (EFTSL) is also used as a measure of the study load. At Flinders University, 1 EFTSL is equivalent to 36 units.

EFTSL values appear on your Confirmation of Enrolment displayed to three decimal places (eg the EFTSL value for a 6 unit topic appears as 0.167). Fee calculations will use many more decimal places (eg 0.16666666667). Calculation of student contribution amounts for a topic using EFTSL values may vary by $1 depending on the number of decimal places used.

You can print your Confirmation of Enrolment from the Student Information System website by using the 'View My Current Enrolment' link. Click on 'I want to...Get my Confirmation of Enrolment by email' to have your Confirmation of Enrolment sent to your University email address.

Use the calculator below to calculate the EFTSL for:

Topics with unit values

For the majority of topics, the topic EFTSL value is calculated as follows:

(Unit value of the topic) / 36

BIOL1101 is a 4.5 unit topic.
The EFTSL value for BIOL1101 is 4.5 / 36 = 0.125
HIST2044 is a 6 unit topic.
The EFTSL value for HIST2044 is 6 / 36 ~ 0.167
NURS2804 is a 9 unit topic.
The EFTSL value for NURS2804 is 9 / 36 = 0.250

Check the EFTSL for your topics by
entering the subject area (eg ENGL) in the box:

Higher degree research topics

The EFTSL value for a semester's enrolment is calculated as follows:

(Number of days enrolled) / (Number of days in half-year period) x 0.5 x Study Rate

Note: The 'Study Rate' is normally 1.0 for full-time study or 0.5 for part-time study. EFTSL values for these topics are displayed on your Unofficial Transcript. This can be obtained from the Student Information System website by selecting the 'My Exams and Results' tab. Click on 'View My Results', select the relevant course and 'View results for this course'. Select 'I want to...Get my Unofficial transcript by email' to have your Unofficial Transcript sent to your University email address.

John commences a research higher degree thesis topic (ENGL9999) on 28 March 2010 as a full time student.
He is enrolled for 95 days in the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.
His EFTSL value for semester 1, 2010 is: 95 / 181 (proportion of days) x 0.5 (half year) x 1.0 (full time) = 0.262